Found Deceased TX - PFC Vanessa Guillen, 20, Fort Hood military base, items left behind, 22 Apr 2020 *arrests* #4

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Attorneys for woman accused of covering up Guillen murder seek disclosure of evidence

Mar 9, 2022

The defense team for a Killeen woman who is accused of covering up the murder of a Fort Hood soldier in 2020 are seeking video or audio recordings of several trips to the Bell County site where the soldier’s remains were found.

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Four trial dates have been set and then rescheduled in Aguilar’s case since 2020. As of Wednesday, no new trial date had been set.

New motion, sealed exhibits filed
On March 8, federal public defender Lewis Berray Gainor filed a nine-page motion to compel prosecutors to release evidence in the case as part of the discovery process. Along with the motion, Gainor filed three sealed exhibits that are not available to the public.

In their motion to compel, Aguilar’s defense team requested “all video or audio footage, or any other evidence of Ms. Aguilar’s first trip to the Leon River site with law enforcement on the morning of July 1, 2020, or any other undisclosed evidence of statements by Ms. Aguilar,” according to the motion. “Without speculating too much, counsel believes that recordings of the trip might include exculpatory evidence, and is concerned the government is withholding the evidence for that reason, or that it was destroyed.”

Aguilar’s attorneys say in their motion that, on the evening of June 30, 2020, police observed Aguilar leaving her job and followed her to Fort Hood.

“Officers approached her at the base and informed her that they wanted to speak to her again,” according to the defense motion. “While she was told she was not under arrest, she was taken to the Fort Hood CID Office and interrogated by several officers from approximately 8:30 p.m. to nearly 1 a.m. She was not read her Miranda rights until nearly 3 hours into the interrogation, or roughly 11:23 p.m., when she was officially placed under arrest. Law enforcement then directed Ms. Aguilar to assist them by placing controlled calls to (Robinson).”

Her attorneys allege that police interrogated her several times between June 20, 2020, and July 6, 2020, when she was arraigned, “while concealing (Robinson’s) death from her.”

Twice on July 1, 2020, the day after Guillen’s remains were discovered, Texas Rangers allegedly took Aguilar to the Leon River site “and had her direct law enforcement around the area to search for further evidence,” according to the motion. “Despite the numerous official reports and references to video evidence of that night’s trip to the Leon River, the government asserts that the trip did not take place and has declined to provide any further evidence related to it.”

On Feb. 25, her attorneys filed a motion to suppress her statements to police because they say she was not presented in a timely manner to a magistrate judge, instead bringing her to the Leon River site. The Feb. 25 motion is sealed, but it is referenced in the March 8 motion to compel discovery.

A federal judge has not yet ruled on either of these defense motions.
 

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Just an update on the docket.

Document Date Filed Description
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112 Mar 8, 2022 Main Document Sealed Document

111 Mar 8, 2022 Main Document Order on Motion for Leave to File Sealed Document

Mar 8, 2022 Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

110 Mar 8, 2022 Main Document Motion for Leave to File Sealed Document

109 Mar 8, 2022 Main Document Compel

108 Mar 7, 2022 Main Document Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

107 Feb 25, 2022 Main Document Sealed Motion

106 Feb 25, 2022 Main Document Sealed Motion

105 Feb 6, 2022 Main Document Transcript Filed


link: Docket for United States v. Aguilar, 6:20-cr-00097 - CourtListener.com
 

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I just thought, why were these soldiers going to their worksites outside of official hours?
It was definitely not allowed in my experience to prevent pilfering and other things that happen without oversight.
That is part of the administrative corruption that set up unsafe circumstances for PFC VG.
 

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I just thought, why were these soldiers going to their worksites outside of official hours?
It was definitely not allowed in my experience to prevent pilfering and other things that happen without oversight.
That is part of the administrative corruption that set up unsafe circumstances for PFC VG.
In my years in the Army, it was not at all unusual to see the armorer or supply sgt or admin people working on off hours.
 

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Trial soon I hope.
Unfortunately, I'm not seeing a trial this year. It was the end of January before the defense's motion to dismiss the indictment was denied, and now we have the fight to admit previously sealed evidence, one piece at a time, as evidenced by yet another defense motion to suppress, filed today, May 9!

 

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Just a docket update. Nothing on Judge's calendar thru 6/16.



Doc # Date Filed Description
122 May 13, 2022 Main Document Reply to Response to Motion

121 May 13, 2022 Main Document Response to Motion

120 May 9, 2022 Main Document Notice

119 May 9, 2022 Main Document Notice

118 May 6, 2022 Main Document Sealed Document

117 May 6, 2022 Main Document Sealed Document


link: Docket for United States v. Aguilar, 6:20-cr-00097 - CourtListener.com
 

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I was in aviation and nope.
Unless you were there on duty you were not allowed.
Ok. you had a very different experience than I did. In both OCONUS and CONUS units I was in, it was pretty common to see Supply, Admin, NBC, and Armorers working late and weekends. Who would say its "not allowed?" The CO? Not likely. That work HAS to get done and if you have motivated people you don't get in their way.
 

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Fort Hood.

I hope all money was traced.
These kind of thefts infuriate me. This is sensitive equipment being stolen easily. It is just locked in a conex, but there are no guards. I don't know what has to happen to make this change. Security on our military installations is a joke.
 

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These kind of thefts infuriate me. This is sensitive equipment being stolen easily. It is just locked in a conex, but there are no guards. I don't know what has to happen to make this change. Security on our military installations is a joke.
Personally I think that PFC Guillen ran across some fraud and theft and that is ultimately why she was killed.
Among other countless corruptions she was counted present for roll call whilen in fact she was dead in a rolling case.

Also, the fact that an armorer is boldly stuffing a rolling case from the armory into his private car without anyone asking for an explanation is crazy.
It's obviously not gym clothes people.
 

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Personally I think that PFC Guillen ran across some fraud and theft and that is ultimately why she was killed.
Among other countless corruptions she was counted present for roll call whilen in fact she was dead in a rolling case.

Also, the fact that an armorer is boldly stuffing a rolling case from the armory into his private car without anyone asking for an explanation is crazy.
It's obviously not gym clothes people.
I would agree that I think there is more that was going on. Allegedly, Guillen had confronted Spc Robinson about an affair he was having with another soldier's wife. And that was why she was killed. That might be true, but I am not totally convinced. Such affairs are not uncommon in the military unfortunately, but I would not think it would lead to a murder like this. Robinson's subsequent suicide also is suspicious. I wonder if Guillen hadn't learned that Robinson was involved in something else, ie perhaps weapons theft. OR that Robinson at least THOUGHT she had learned something. Robinson's gf may have those answers or maybe not. She doesn't seem to be willing to work with prosecutors.
 

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These kind of thefts infuriate me. This is sensitive equipment being stolen easily. It is just locked in a conex, but there are no guards. I don't know what has to happen to make this change. Security on our military installations is a joke.
I agree that controls for detecting and preventing theft from the military/US Govt seems lacking! I've been watching the GA murder trial of Tara Grinstead where the co-defendant (convicted earlier) also previously pled guilty to ordering hundreds of thousands of electronics which he directed delivered to his personal residence for resale. And the federal prison penalty for this crime was minimal. MOO
 

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The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed that Aaron Robinson killed fellow soldier Vanessa Guillen after she saw a photo of Robinson's married lover on his phone.

Investigators believe Robinson, then 20, bludgeoned Guillen, also then 20, to death with a hammer, removed her body from an armory at Fort Hood, Texas, and then dismembered her and buried her remains on April 22.

Robinson died as cops moved to arrest him, with his death reported as a suicide.


His married lover - Cecily Aguilar, 22 - was charged with tampering with evidence after she told investigators that she helped her boyfriend Specialist Aaron Robinson - the main suspect in Guillen's death - bury her body in April of last year.

The state believes that Aguilar was the woman on Robinson's phone.

'He told her he was worried about getting in trouble for violating the Army's fraternization rules since Aguilar was still married to another soldier and he hit Guillen in the head with a hammer,' investigators said.
 
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